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The Forgotten Flaw in the WalMart Wage Argument

A rebuttal to Slate magazine’s article: “Would Walmart’s Prices Spike If They Paid Their Employees More?”

By Jordan Rickards

WalmartWhen I was in high school there was a window that separated the administrative offices from the main hallway on which was typically posted school news and such. One day one of the teachers posted a cartoon on the window. On the left side of the cartoon was a professional athlete living in squalor, and on the right side was a teacher living in a mansion. The caption read “What people would be paid if they were paid what they were worth.” The teachers thought this was especially clever.


LD1 AC Press Debate (VIDEO)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

In case you missed it on Monday evening, Save Jerseyans, here’s the video of last night’s AC Press debate between incumbent state Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) and challenger Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt (R-1):

Want more LD1 coverage?

Click here to watch my interview with Susan.

Check back here tomorrow (Wed. 10/23), too, for my interview with the LD1 GOP Assembly candidates, Kristine Gabor and Sam Fiocchi.

Who Won the Final Debate?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie at debateThe New Jersey 2013 gubernatorial debates are in the history books, Save Jerseyans.

Who won in your estimation?

Vote, then please explain your vote in the comments:

Who Won the Final Gubernatorial Debate? free polls 

Final #NJGov Debate (LIVE)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Buono and ChristieDebate #1 proved to be a rough experience for Barbara Buono (BWOH’-noh), Save Jerseyans.

Will she do any better in tonight’s second and final debate opposite incumbent Governor Chris Christie?

Watch LIVE right here beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST:

Not working? Click here. You can also click here to find your local NJTV channel which is also broadcasting the debate.

Did you miss debate #1? Catch up by watching it here. We will also live tweet via

Watch Both @NJSen Debates

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Polls will close in 48 hours… did you miss either #njsen special election debate, Save Jerseyans?

Revisit both (and share your favorite moments with an undecided voter) right here at your favorite blog:

Debate #1 (October 5, 2013 @ ABC)

Debate #2 (October 9, 2013 @ Rowan University):

Friday Night LG Debate (LIVE)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Laborista Milly Silva (D) will face off with the incumbent LG Kim Guadagno.

Laborista Milly Silva (D) will face off with the incumbent LG Kim Guadagno.

Heads up, Save Jerseyans:

Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno (R) and Democrat challenger Milly Silva (D) will meet for their first and only one-on-one debate this Friday evening at Kean University.

You might ask what’s the point of scheduling a Friday night debate heading into a long-holiday weekend.

Just please don’t ask me. I couldn’t tell you.

The live stream begins at 7:00 pm; click here to watch.

Too Many Empty Suits

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Booker empty suit debateIf you watched last night’s final #njsen debate, Save Jerseyans, then you heard Cory Booker (D-Twitter) use the word “tea party” more often than his opponent’s name.

Booker is a lot of things but “stupid” isn’t one of them. He came to play this time after flubbing the first debate. and reading plenty of polls which suggest that both the Tea Party and the ongoing federal shutdown are losers for Steve Lonegan. His buddy (and occasional bully) Barack Obama shared a similar experience in 2012. Plenty of smart people think Booker carried the day (and probably the election along with it). And they might be right.

What stuck in my crawl was Booker’s dogged insistence that people like Steve Lonegan are the problem in Washington.

It’s a crock, folks.

Now, that’s not to say that I’ve always been a big fan of Steve Lonegan’s style. Far from it in fact…


Booker Wins On Style

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Cory Booker debateCory Booker came to the second and final Senatorial debate prepared to portray Steve Lonegan as a Tea Party extremist, and Lonegan cooperated.

Lonegan came prepared with facts and punchlines.  Booker turned nearly every question into an opportunity to portray himself as a compromiser who will go to Washington to get things done and Lonegan as an extremist.

Early on in this campaign, Lonegan acknowledged he “lacked a filter” between what he really thinks and what he says.  He seems to have developed a filter over the last several weeks, but he left it at home tonight.

Lonegan’s hardest punchlines are likely to be used against him over the the final week of the campaign.  “You might not be able to swim in that river, but its probably because of all the bodies in it from shooting victims” and “you’ll abort a baby in its 8th month of delivery,” will very likely be used relentlessly by the Booker campaign and they ramp up their Get Out The Vote machine in the coming week.


Round #2: Lonegan v. Booker (FULL VIDEO)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The second and final debate between Steve Lonegan (R-Bogota) and Cory Booker (D-Twitter) went down on Wednesday night at Rowan University, Save Jerseyans.

Here’s the full video:

Did you miss their explosive first debate? Click here for the full video.

Killed with Kindness

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie at debateBarbara Buono (BWOH’-noh) had a rough Tuesday night. Click here to watch the full video if you missed it.

We knew debate #1 was going to be bad for the challenger. I don’t think we knew how bad. Yikes!

Set aside for a moment the fact that she’s never going to sway us on substance. We know she’s wrong; we’ve watched Buono and her ilk drive our state to fiscal and economic ruin over the course of two decades. If we grade her strictly on style points, Save Jerseyans, Buono came across as a nasty, ill-prepared and not-ready-for-prime time child pretender. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and that showing was unambiguously regrettable for the Democrat challenger.

I almost felt bad for Sen. Buono as she endured what was surely one of the longest nights of her life; the feeling quickly passed when I recalled my property tax bill. Governor Christie’s knock-out punch, however, came towards the end of the debate…


POLL: Who Won Round #1?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie Buono handshakeDebate #1 is in the books.

You know the drill, Save Jerseyans…

Who Won the First 2013 #NJGov Debate? free polls 

Debate #1: Christie v. Buono

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie and Barbara Buono faced off  Tuesday night in the first debate of the 2013 New Jersey Gubernatorial contest. 

Did you miss out? Watch it now:

Retro Debate: N.J. Election 2009

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The first debate of Election 2013′s New Jersey gubernatorial election is set for tonight at William Paterson University beginning at 7 p.m. on both CBS 2 in New York and CBS 3 out of Philadelphia. Christie vs. Buono… hey, maybe she’ll surprise us! She’d have to fall asleep mid-debate to fail the expectations game.

But for those Save Jerseyans who love political nostalgia as much as I do, here’s a look back at another gubernatorial debate from October 1, 2009 (h/t CSPAN):

2009 Debate

“A Leader, Not a Tweeter”

Booker Hates that Lonegan Puts Taxpayers First

Lonegan Rally

Lonegan addresses a Tea Party Rally in Washington, D.C.

It was Cory Booker’s constant sneering attack in the first debate — Steve Lonegan is a “tea party leader.” What does that mean?

It’s true, Steve Lonegan has long been one of the Garden State’s strongest leaders for limited government, lower taxes, and constitutional government – the core values of the tea party. That Booker considers “tea party leader” an insult shows that he opposes these fundamental principles and that reflects negatively not on Lonegan but on Booker.

Steve Lonegan’s fiscal policy leadership has had major concrete benefits for New Jersey taxpayers.

Lonegan galvanized opposition to corrupt Governor Jon Corzine’s toll hike scam, which involved a long-term lease to a foreign corporation that would have been authorized to raise tolls 800% on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.  Lonegan was even arrested on a public sidewalk peaceably protesting a Corzine toll-hike event; the police later apologized. You can thank Lonegan every time you you pay a toll that could be much, much higher. Booker supported the scheme.


Full Lonegan v. Booker Debate #1

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Did you miss it?

No problem. Here’s full  debate video of the first confrontation between Steve Lonegan and Cory Booker:

Want more special election coverage? Click here.

OPEN THREAD: 1st #NJSen Debate

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

NJSen Debate

An increasingly interesting #njsen race between Steve Lonegan (R-Bogota) and Cory Booker (D-Twitter) is moving into its final phase, Save Jerseyans.

The candidates will finally meet in their first debate today, Friday 10/4 at 1:00 p.m. in Trenton.

Not making it to the venue?

You can watch it streamed live at either and

We’ll also provide some pithy live tweets via @SaveJersey.

If you can’t catch it during the work day, then you can witness the Lonegan vs. Booker clash this Sunday, October 6th at 11:00 a.m. on WABC-TV (which is ABC’s “Channel 7″ in the NYC market) or at 9:30 a.m. on WPVI-TV6 (ABC’s “Channel 6″ in the Philly market).

¿No habla ingles? Univision is carrying the debate in Spanish next Friday, October 11th at 11:00 p.m.

Click below to watch live:

Lonegan and Booker debate

The latest public polls show Lonegan trailing by a low-double digit margin; the GOP campaign says its internal tracking poll shows single digit race. Everyone agrees that the race has tightened significantly.

Predictions? Comments? Questions? Reactions? Advice for Mayor Lonegan? Let’s hear’em in the comments section…